From Open Secrets:

Wrapped around D.C.’s northern tip and barely a precious stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol, Maryland’s 8th Congressional District is one of the nation’s wealthiest: Census Bureau figures show its residents have a median household income of more than $94,000.

Plenty of cash there, then, to fund the numerous Democrats running to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), who is himself campaigning to win the state’s open Senate seat.

Not that all the candidates are relying on checks from the district — or even Maryland more broadly. Kathleen Matthews, at the top of the heap in terms of fundraising at the end of 2015, has brought in nearly $1 million from out of state; that’s about three-quarters of her almost $1.6 million. In comparison, only 41 percent of the $1.3 million going to her most well-financed opponent, Jamie Raskin, had crossed a state line to get to him.

Like Hillary Clinton in the presidential contest, Matthews — a former local TV anchor who became a Marriott International exec and is married to MSNBC host Chris Matthews — is the pick of the Democratic establishment. That’s abundantly clear from scanning the names that turn up in her FEC filings. She has the highest number of donors who once had voting privileges in the House or Senate — former Reps. Vic Fazio, Harold Ford and Martin Frost and former Sens. Tom Daschle and John Breaux, to name a few. She has entertainment industry celebs like Barbra Streisand, Rob Reiner and Ed…

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